Anybody have any experience with chinking?
When we bought are current project house, we were suspicious that there would be logs in the walls, due to a) their thickness, and b)there are other old log structures in the area.
We have now gutted the living room, and yep here's our log cabin!
The chinking appears to be original, or close to it (about 150 years old). At one point someone whlte washed over the whole thing. The white wash comes off easily in big chunks. Some of the chinking also comes out easily. It appears to be made of dirt (and probably lime). They used pieces of wood for daubing and it appears to be in good condition.
The logs are huge, and you can still see the shape of the tree in some cases. But what really struck us are the marks on the sides of the logs.
These were made by hand, probably made by an adze. Would have been hard work. And since this is no longer and exterior wall, we really want to leave it exposed.
I have learned to do a lot of things DIY over the years, but this is my first attempt at chinking. Anybody else here do this?
I have searched online and not found a definitive answer. Some say use mortar, others say that's a mistake. The premixed chinking is VERY expensive. And most videos I have found online show a very thin chinking joint. I found one youtube video where he used used a metal lath, but said his recipe was a "secret" (gee thanks).
Most of those who say don't use mortar are because the logs settling will crack it. Do you think our logs would be done settling? Or will there still be movement? If the mortar cracks, can I just patch periodically?
I am a DIY Tiler, and I have the distinct urge to get get my bucket of Redgard, then paint it beige :)
This post was edited by barbcollins on Sat, Jun 28, 14 at 19:24